Friday, April 8, 2016

Beauty Deals and Discounts: Sephora vs. Macy's vs. Belk vs. Nordstrom

If you love higher-end cosmetics deals, it's a good time to be alive! There's a lot to keep track of here, so let me do my best to break it all down for you:

The Sephora VIB sale gives you either 15% off or 10% off sitewide (also in-store and at Sephora inside JCPenney locations), depending on your Beauty Insider status. They have also added the UD x Gwen collection (minus the eyeshadow palette) to their sale page, which means you get your VIB discount on top of the already-reduced prices. Please click here for more info links, and codes. The last day of this promo for Rouge and VIB is 4/13, and 4/12 for BI.

Belk is currently offering 15% off on their entire beauty department + free shipping on all orders and lots of gifts-with-purchase to go along with this discount. This discount is valid now through 4/10 and includes MAC, theBalm, Urban Decay, Dior, Estee Lauder, Clinique, and much more. Please click HERE for more info, tips and the codes.

Nordstrom is currently price-matching several retailers' sales, and you can check out their sale page HERE to view the products/discounts. Free shipping on all orders at Nordstrom, and your choice of 3 free samples with all beauty orders. The end-dates for these deals depend on which sale they're price-matching, so it varies. There are several gifts-with-purchase HERE to go along with many of these deals, depending on what you're ordering.

Macy's isn't running a sitewide sale right now, but the UD x Gwen items that are on sale at Sephora (and also at Ulta) are also on sale at Macy's (thanks so much to several of you for the tips about that!), plus they have added other new items to their sale page (links below). And you get everyday free shipping at Macy's on all beauty orders (no code required). There's no end-date on these deals; when they sell out, that's it.

Please note that if you spend $75+ on any beauty products at Macy's right now, you'll receive a free Mystery Gift. And if you spend $50 on Urban Decay, you'll also receive a free deluxe mascara & eyeliner. These freebies will automatically appear in your cart.

UD x Gwen Lipsticks $12 (reg $16)
UD x Gwen Blush Palette $30 (reg $45)
UD x Gwen Lipliners $13 (reg $20)
UD x Gwen Brow Box $15 (reg $30)
Stila Eyes Are The Window Spirit Palette $24.50 (reg $49)
Stila Smudge Sticks $11 (reg $22)
BareMinerals Loveliest Of Them All Set $34 (reg $42)
BareMinerals Fabled Favorites Set $18 (reg $24)
BareMinerals Regal Wardrobe Palette $29 (reg $39)
BareMinerals Give & Get Gorgeous Value Set $49 ($109 value)

If you're interested in the UD x Gwen stuff, definitely take a look at all of the retailer's deals right now to see which retailer still has the shade(s) you want. Availability of certain shades may vary depending on the retailer.

It's up to you to determine which deals/discounts are best for you, and I know a lot of you have reasons why you love shopping at one retailer over another. I just wanted to put it all out there, to help you figure out what's best for YOU. I hope this helps make things a bit easier!


  1. Thanks G! All of these makeup sales are AMAZING, you and your blog are a lifesaver!! Also, I am really loving the mobile text notifications.
    I was wondering if Urban Decay's limited edition collections are always put on discount towards the end of their run or if this is a new thing they are trying for just for the Gwen collection. Do you think the Summer collection will go to clearance later on as well?

    Also, some new products on sale include:
    - Stila Portrait of a Perfect Cheek Palette $5 (reg $16)
    - Mally Effortless Airbrush Eye Shadow Duo. Online Only. $22 (reg $38)
    - WRINKLEMD Youth Serum HA. Online Only. $19.75 (reg $79)


  2. Thank you, thank you, so much G! I was planning on buying a Gwen Stefani UD lipstick at Sephora with my VIB discount but when I saw that Macy's had the same sale, I used my plenti points and only paid 98 cents for the lipstick! Macy's also has free shipping right now! I'm so happy! Thank you for making my day!

  3. Dayyyyummm Gina! This is a great post. Thank you so much for all of your hard work. You are appreciated.

  4. Hey G, do you know if you can pair the Sephora codes (like mine for 10% off) with a code for a deluxe sample?

    1. I tried, and it said only one code per order, such a bummer!

    2. Only 1 code per order, so its a deluxe sample or % off but either way you still get the 3 free samples (just don't forget to add them to your cart)

  5. Thanks so much! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the deals!

  6. Can you get the Gwen Stefani stuff on sale in store or just online?

  7. Sorry, my question was about Sephora. I don't think I specified.

  8. As usual, your tips and posts are enormously helpful!

  9. Ex-girlfriend shade of Gwen Stefani UD lipstick is sold out everywhere. :(. It's the only color I'd wear - I guess that's what everyone else thought too!!

    1. The lipliner is in Belks, just in case you want it :)

    2. Ex-girlfriend lipstick is in stock at

  10. It's getting harder to find the UDGwens in store but I love telling Ulta to pound sand over their shipping. No one else charged for it, hee hee..

    1. I went into my Ulta store last Thursday and they said they are not selling it in stores anymore because it was a Limited Edition thing.

    2. I went into my Ulta store last Thursday and they said they are not selling it in stores anymore because it was a Limited Edition thing. You can try Sephora, they have the lip pencil in stock for Ex-Girlfriend :) Hope this helps.

  11. Hi G, do you know what is in the mystery bag for Macy's when you spend over $75 worth of makeup?


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